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28 March 2018 | Housing & Equipment,News
New equipment financing for egg production

The process of modern egg production requires special machinery. In settings where demand can outstrip supply, the most efficient sorting and collecti...


Proposal for AI winter garden in danger of collapse

The egg industry's winter garden plan to overcome the 12-week rule in the event of another bird flu crisis may be in danger of collapse. Egg indust...


Poultry housing order welcomed by egg industry

Egg industry leaders have welcomed a decision to implement a housing order to protect the country from highly pathogenic avian influenza. The Gover...


Cleaning down after Avian Influenza

If a notifiable strain of Avian Influenza (AI) is confirmed, DEFRA will take action on the infected premises to reduce the risk of the disease spreadi...


Fancy a drink?

Commercial breeds of poultry, in common with most poultry vets and many poultry keepers, like a drink! Adult laying hens in full production drink o...


Discussions needed as AI warnings fall short

An outbreak of avian influenza in Hampshire in February was identified using a trial ‘test for exclusion’ system that is due to be reviewed next month...


Is free range heading for the perfect storm?

The January edition of The Ranger was full of market analysis and predications for the coming year. The volume of free range egg production increased ...


Exploring the benefits of multi-tier pullet rearing

Multi-tier aviary laying systems have become increasingly popular over the last few years with several types being adopted within the barn and free-ra...


Housing and equipment firms report strong sales

Reports from companies involved in poultry housing and equipment suggest there is strong demand from free range egg producers looking to increase capa...


3 December 2014 | Housing & Equipment,News
Association calls for decisive lockdowns in future AI outbreaks

Leading figures in the free range egg industry want the United Kingdom to take much more decisive action against avian influenza outbreaks. They ra...


19 November 2014 | Feed,Housing & Equipment,News,Packers
Movement restrictions lifted in Yorkshire AI zone

Movement licences were set to be issued to egg producers in the Yorkshire avian influenza zone today as authorities confirmed that there had been no n...


A series of challenges for new BFREPA chairman

When the Ranger visited Myles Thomas he was less than two months away from becoming chairman of BFREPA and only six weeks ago he had placed a flock in...


Enriched stocking density makes little difference

Research conducted in the United States suggests that the density at which chickens are stocked in enriched cage systems makes little difference to ei...


Expansion for Californian egg business

An ambitious California egg business has expanded its operations still further with the acquisition of part of the Land O'Lakes egg division. The S...


1 July 2014 | Barn,Housing & Equipment,News
Leading vet warns that Australian free range and intensive units should be kept apart

A leading vet has said that free range egg producers should make use of smaller, widely spaced production units and avoid siting them close to cage un...


25 April 2014 | Housing & Equipment,News,Packers
Vending machine tackles egg thefts from honesty boxes

The introduction of a new vending machine to the United Kingdom from Germany could enable free range egg farmers to develop farm gate sales free from ...


Potters Poultry celebrate 50th annivesary year

2014 will be a special year for Potters Poultry as it approaches its 50th anniversary in September. Olivia Potter, Farms Director, and granddaughter o...


Free range row as Government Minister attacks Australian free range market

A row has flared up over an outbreak of avian influenza in Australia after a Government minister claimed that free range egg production could lead to ...


Cost of production higher than ever

Roger Gent, chairman of the British Free Range Egg Producers' Association, has said that supermarkets and packers should resist reducing egg prices fo...


It's a free range market as producers breathe again

Competition appears to be increasing in the free range egg market, with contracts changing hands, some packers looking for new producers and suggestio...


Newcastle disease - the forgotten pest?

The poultry industry in Cyprus has been devastated by an outbreak of Newcastle disease, which has resulted in the loss of more than 250,000 birds so f...


Freedom Food make changes to laying hen welfare standards

Measures to reduce the incidence of cannibalism and injurious pecking are prominent in a series of proposed changes to Freedom Food’s welfare standard...


Price is more important than welfare, poultry delegates told

European calls for animal welfare standards to be written into international trade deals were described as "challenging" by a Canadian delegate at the...


University conducts major study into bone breakages

Scientists at the University of Bristol are to conduct a major study into bone breakages in laying hens. The research will be led by Dr John Tarlto...


New Zealand carry out cage ban review

A review is to be carried out into plans by the New Zealand Government for a ban on the use of conventional battery cages. The New Zealand plan loo...


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